The following is a guest editorial written by Mary Lucas of Winfield, a reader of Sumner Newscow:Mary and Reigner LucasIâ€™m writing this piece in the hopes of cutting through the political noise of the upcoming election. I have a story to tell and I believe it matters.My name is Mary Lucas and Iâ€™m the proud mother of a six-year-old boy. We are the face of Governor Brownbackâ€™s experiment.Iâ€™ve seen his ad featuring â€œBecky,â€ a young woman attesting to her belief Governor Brownbackâ€™s economic solutions are better for her and her family.I passionately disagree.Â Iâ€™m a single mom. My son is the focus of my energy and I work hard every day with the sole intention of providing for him so he can excel in our world with greater ease than I have known. Itâ€™s the wish of every parent.I provide for Reigner on a shoestring budget. There are no handouts. I make just barely enough to keep us from qualifying for any government assistance, including the stateâ€™s child care subsidy program and free/reduced school meals program. I am so proud that I do not have to use assistance. It is what I strive for. But itâ€™s frustrating to feel like I am being attacked for trying to get ahead and make things happen for my son. I am a hard worker and a good Kansan and I hate being witness to my governor working against me. Itâ€™s a defeating feeling.The Brownback experiment with Kansas income tax reform has enabled my friends with significant six figure incomes to have their Kansas income tax liability reduced to zero. They no longer pay Kansas income tax, while I have seen my Kansas income tax liability increase 50 percent under the Brownback administration.Yes, you read that correctly. Brownbackâ€™s experiment has inflicted on the working poor a significant tax increase. Today, as an earner with an adjusted gross income in the bottom 20 percent of Kansas residents, I pay fifty percent more in taxes.Those dollars that â€œBeckyâ€ says Governor Brownback will let her keep? Thatâ€™s not true, unless sheâ€™s among a wealthier tier of the Kansas population.Our governorâ€™s claims ring hollow. The sun is not shining in Kansas. There are many hard working Kansans bringing home less each year because of the Governorâ€™s approved changes to the Kansas food sales tax credit, homestead property tax refund for renters, and dependent child care credit.I donâ€™t begrudge higher earners their income tax relief. But I must ask â€“ is this the outcome we intended?As we near Election Day, I hope every Kansas voter will seriously consider the ramifications of reelecting Governor Brownback. His tax policies are failing the state and while for a few that policy has put dollars back into already rich pockets, the loss of income to those who need it the most is having far-reaching negative outcomes for our state. We cannot afford four more years of protecting the wealthy at the expense of the working class.Kansans didnâ€™t ask to become experimental ground for the long refuted economic policies touted by Arthur Laffer. This failed venture is bankrupting our state and families like mine. We must return Kansas to her glory on November 4th by electing Paul Davis, a man I know represents the best interests of every Kansan, not only those who wield significant financial influence.Mary Lucas, Winfield, Kans.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (18) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +22 Vote up Vote down Angel · 301 weeks ago Thank you for sharing. Kansas policies should not hurt hardworking people like this and they have, so it is important to vote for change on Tuesday. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Mel · 301 weeks ago Very well said Mary……… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Whitney · 301 weeks ago Brownback is whack! Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down Taxpayer · 301 weeks ago Elect a Democrat so you can get all your handouts… Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -13 Vote up Vote down guest · 301 weeks ago Single parenting is a bad choice for our society unless you have prepared yourself well through job skills and or education. You are doomed to be poorer. Report Reply 1 reply · active 301 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down guest · 301 weeks ago If you are in the income level you claim, you won’t truly realize that tax increase. You will be one of the many who receive a big tax return with a huge earned income credit. If you look closely, you will recieve much more in a tax return then you actually paid in taxes. Meanwhile, those in a higher tax bracket will pay thousands that they’ll never see in return. You are welcome. Report Reply 1 reply · active 301 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Credence · 301 weeks ago Mary’s choice of Paul Davis doesn’t make sense based on her claims. Paul Davis has stated numerous times he intends to raise taxes, so how will this help folks like Mary? I personally find it very difficult to believe that someone’s taxes went up 50%, this sounds like hype to make a point. First of all, does Mary own a home or does she rent? My property taxes have decreased as well has my income taxes so I don’t understand how Mary’s went up 50%. Without more specific information, Mary’s claims don’t appear to be valid. If she doesn’t own a home, where most of the state’s income is derived, what taxes does she pay that would have increased by 50%? Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down Clyde · 301 weeks ago Mary must have friends with successful small businesses filing under Subchapter S. I would bet if she researched their personal income tax burden she would be surprised. As for the 50% increase, a 50% increase on zero is still zero. If any other result is derived, find a better accountant. As a true Liberal, you should go ahead and get on those programs and drive your tax burden well into the negative. By golly you deserve it for the choices you were forced to make to put you in your situation. Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down guest fed_up · 301 weeks ago Let’s continue to be a parasite on the community and let the burden of the lower class suck the upper class dry! This sounds like a real plan. I got news for you folks, the people that have money will not stand for this and will move someplace where they can keep more of their money, eventually there will be no more people to foot the bill, and then you will truly have to depend on the government, for food, clothing, and a job. They will tell you how you should eat (already are), how to think (already are), and what job you will have (coming soon to your neighborhood). Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down Jim · 301 weeks ago Pretty interesting choice of guest editorial on the eve of an election. It would have seemed like more non-biased reporing if done a week ago, Report Reply 0 replies · active 301 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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He becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun. Speaking last Friday, Allardyce said: “Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.“His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”In a statement, Arsenal said: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”Wenger admitted recently that he did not want Walcott to leave.But he said he could not guarantee the England international playing time, which was a sensitive issue for Walcott as he tries to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia later this year.Walcott, who has 47 England caps, has not featured for his country since the friendly against Spain in November 2016.He was infamously called up for England’s 2006 World Cup squad by boss Sven Goran Eriksson before he had even made his Arsenal debut, but did not make a single appearance at the tournament in Germany.“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” Walcott added in what will be perceived as a swipe at his old club.“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now.“I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.”Share on: WhatsApp Theo Walcott at EvertonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Everton signed England winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £25 million ($34 million, 28.3 million euros) on Wednesday.Walcott had been out of favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for much of this season and has opted to move to Goodison Park in a bid to kick-start his faltering career.The 28-year-old made just 16 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and last started a Premier League game for the Gunners in April.“There’s something about this move I’ve just felt good about,” Walcott said.“It felt like it was time for me to move on.“It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.“The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me.”Walcott scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal in total since joining them from Southampton in 2006.
Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 2, 2019. (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ Many headliners boosted their draft stock at theNFL‘s annual scouting combine with a wonderful workout, a dazzling 40-yard dash, a brilliant bench press or, in Kyler Murray’s case, just standing up straight.Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat and Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf were the big winners along with Murray , but others saw eyebrows raised and their value lowered after costly injuries, bad interviews or pedestrian performances.They’ll have to do better in their pro days and private workouts ahead of the draft in late April.One of the biggest disappointments was potential first-round pick Jachai Polite, an outside linebacker from Florida who put up unimpressive numbers in the 40 (4.84 seconds) and vertical jump (32 inches) before ending his workout Sunday with a sore hamstring.Clemson’s hulking defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence strained his left thigh running the 40 and sat out the remaining drills, disappointing scouts eager to see how the 350-pounder performed after missing the College Football Playoff because of a positive test for a performance-enhancing drug.Lawrence’s college teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, hurt his right shoulder on the bench press, and highly touted LSU cornerback Greedy Williams didn’t compete Monday after suffering cramps.The most serious injury came Sunday when Ohio State cornerback Kendall Sheffield tore a chest muscle while heaving 225 pounds in the bench press drill. A torn pectoral typically requires surgery and a year’s recovery.More disconcerting to teams are the players who can’t use injury as an excuse. That group this year included:_Mississippi left tackle Greg Little. He labored through the on-field drills and posted poor numbers in the 40 (5.33) and vertical jump (25 inches). Those were among the worst for O-linemen and he skipped the bench press altogether._Florida Atlantic running back Devin Singletary. The Owls’ 5-foot-7, 203-pound playmaker piled up 3,300 yards and 54 touchdowns the last two seasons. But his hopes of shedding concerns about the level of competition he faced took a hit with a disappointing 4.66-second 40-yard dash._Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield. His status as one of the few standouts in a rather weak running backs class took a hit when he was clocked in the 40 in 4.78 seconds, slower than the trio of punters and kickers who ran the 40 at the combine. Among running backs, only Wisconsin’s Alec Ingold ran slower than Holyfield._Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley. He posted poor numbers in the 40 _ 4.58 seconds _ and the vertical jump _ 301/2 inches, which was second worst among wide receivers. Only Fresno State’s KeeSean Johnson at 30 inches was worse._Texas WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey. Scouts were left wondering if he could win 1-on-1 matchups after he posted a 4.75-second 40, the slowest among wide receivers at the combine.Now that the combine is over, prospects can turn their attention to pro days and private team workouts _ and not just the guys who had bad combines who are trying to impress.Murray didn’t throw or run in Indianapolis. All he did after getting measured at 5-foot-10 and 207 pounds was meet with teams. He said he’ll throw and run at Oklahoma’s pro day.Despite not breaking a sweat in Indy, Murray’s measurements placated concerns he was way too short and small to survive in the NFL. Now, all the buzz is about how he might even follow former Oklahoma teammate Baker Mayfield as the top overall draft pick.“I’m going to be happy wherever I go,” Murray said. “At the end of this, it’s an opportunity to go play football.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter:http://twitter.com/arniestapleton